28 JUL 14 | cracking the walnut


2037 Walnut is one of the first projects I was involved in at WORKSHOP8. The 26-unit, courtyard-style apartment building, which is owned and managed by Element Properties, was built in the early 1980s and in need of repair and remodeling.



As you can see in the existing condition photos, the building was a bit worse for wear. One wall was particularly bad; the brick had split clean down the middle. The stairs were rickety as well, and were an absolute priority for replacement.

Existing conditions.



New stair and railings.


The existing interiors were quite snug, so we removed the wood burning fireplace in each living room to free up space. Ulla redesigned the kitchens with budget friendly, yet very functional IKEA kitchenware. New 100% post-industrial wood floors were added that were resistant to every stress test Ulla threw at them. The resulting apartments are bright and open; a great improvement over their previous aesthetic.


My favorite part of the project was taking Brandy’s logo design and bringing it to life in the entrance sign (by 20/20 Signs). It was an eye opening process designing to meet concerns of weathering and vandalism for exterior signage. I think it turned out pretty great!



2037 Walnut started leasing this year and I hope that the new residents enjoy the new units as much as I enjoyed working on them!

Thanks, Dane Cronin, for the great photos!

Construction by Narvaes Western LLC.